2020 Census: Not Too Late To Be Counted

2020 Census: Everyone Counts

Joe Loudon • COMBAT Communications Administrator


Everyone counts and everyone needs to be counted.

And it is not too late to make sure you’ll be included in the final count of the 2020 United States Census.

Since mid-August Census takers have been conducting follow-up visits to households that have not yet responded to official invitations sent in the spring encouraging everyone to participate in the once-a-decade headcount of all individuals living the country. It’s not too late to fill out the Census Bureau’s survey online, by mail or over the phone.

Learn More

If you’ve got questions about the Census, the Kansas City Health Department is providing answers:

At Kansas City Health Department: 
2400 Troost Ave. • Kansas City, MO 64108

August 18 – September 27:
Tuesdays • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays • 9:00 a.m. – Noon

From this KC Health Department flyer:

“You’ll learn the importance of 100% participation in the Census, of getting a complete count of all who live in our city and region. Funding for many federal programs and congressional representation hinge on population.”

Information Kept Confidential

The Census Bureau is required by law to keep any data you provide confidential.

When the bureau adds up all the numbers that data is crucial in determining how nearly a trillion dollars in federal funds are allocated each year for more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start and community mental health services. Census results also can help determine whether or not federal support is provided for building new schools, hospitals and roads.

COMBAT Director Vince Ortega has been encourage full participation in Census because of the emphasis on using data to determine best how to allocate COMBAT resources.

“COMBAT’s administration is now very data-driven,” he said. “We need good data to make good decisions…. A lot of the data we needs starts with the Census, so a lot depends on people making sure they are counted.”

  1. Census Facts vs. Myths

    Does the 2020 Census ask about citizenship status? Are non-citizens counted in the census? 
    Can my answers be shared with law enforcement or used against me? Can I only take the census online?